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Stefka Kostadinova

Full name: Stefka Georgieva Kostadinova (-Petrova, -Popovasileva)
Original name: Стефка Георгиева Костадинова (-Петрова)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: March 25, 1965 in Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Affiliations: Trakia, Plovdiv (BUL)
Country: BUL Bulgaria
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Stefka Kostadinova was one of the world's leading high jumpers for about a decade. She first came to prominence in 1985, winning the World Indoor title and ranking #1 in the world for the year. In 1986 she equalled her compatriot Lyudmila Andonova's world record, bettering it to 2.08 m several days later. At the 1987 World Championships, she improved the record further to 2.09 m, a performance that is unsurpassed as of 2010. During her career, Kostadinova won two world championships (1987 and 1995), one European gold (1986), five indoor world titles (1985, 1987, 1989, 1993 and 1997) and the 1996 Olympic gold medal, after having finished second at the 1988 Games and fourth in Barcelona 1992. Kostadinova was world-ranked in the top 10 for 13 years, from 1984-97, missing only 1990, and was ranked #1 in the world six times – 1985-88, 1993, and 1996.

For about a decade, Kostadinova was married to her coach, Nikolay Petrov, but they divorced in 1999. After ending her active career Kostadinova became a noted sports administrator, becoming vice-president of the Bulgarian Athletics Federation, and serving as deputy sports minister of her country (2003-2005). In 2005, she succeeded [Ivan Slavkov] as the president of the Bulgarian NOC.

Personal Best: HJ – 2.09 (1987).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Women's High Jump Bulgaria BUL 2 Silver
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Women's High Jump Bulgaria BUL 4
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Women's High Jump Bulgaria BUL 1 Gold OR

Women's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank BHC MBHC TMBHC C/F/P
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 2 2.01 0 0
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 1.75 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 1.80 metres 1T o 0 0 1.80
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 1.85 metres 1T o 0 0 1.85
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 1.90 metres 1T o 0 0 1.90
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 1.93 metres 1T o 0 0 1.93
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 1.96 metres 1T o 0 0 1.96
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 1.99 metres 1T o 0 0 1.99
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 2.01 metres 1T o 0 0 2.01
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 2.03 metres 1T xxx 0 0 2.01
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Bulgaria Final Jump-Off 2.03 metres 2 x 1 0 NH
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round 8T QU 1.92 1 1
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 5 1.92 1 1
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.70 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.75 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.80 metres 1T o 0 0 1.80
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.84 metres 1T o 0 0 1.84
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.87 metres 8T p 0 0 1.84
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.90 metres 1T o 0 0 1.90
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.92 metres 5 xo 1 1 1.92
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 4 1.94 0 0
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 1.78 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 1.83 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 1.88 metres 1T o 0 0 1.88
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 1.91 metres 1T o 0 0 1.91
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 1.94 metres 1T o 0 0 1.94
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 1.97 metres 4 xxx 0 0 1.94
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round 1T QU 1.92 0 0
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1 1.92 0 0
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.60 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.65 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.70 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.75 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.79 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.83 metres 1T o 0 0 1.83
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.86 metres 1T o 0 0 1.86
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.88 metres 11T p 0 0 1.86
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.90 metres 1T o 0 0 1.90
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.92 metres 1 o 0 0 1.92
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 1 OR 2.05 1 1
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 1.80 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 1.85 metres 1T o 0 0 1.85
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 1.90 metres 1T o 0 0 1.90
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 1.93 metres 1T o 0 0 1.93
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 1.96 metres 1T o 0 0 1.96
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 1.99 metres 1T o 0 0 1.99
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 2.01 metres 1T o 0 0 2.01
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 2.03 metres 1 =OR o 0 0 2.03
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 2.05 metres 1 OR xo 1 1 2.05
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Bulgaria Final Round 2.10 metres 1 xxx 1 1 2.05
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round 1T QC 1.93 0 0
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1T 1.93 0 0
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.75 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.80 metres 1T o 0 0 1.80
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.85 metres 1T o 0 0 1.85
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.90 metres 1T o 0 0 1.90
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Bulgaria Qualifying Round Group A 1.93 metres 1T o 0 0 1.93